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5–14 July 2019 Box Office 01242 850270 #cheltmusicfest

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70th Festival appeal donors The Aquarius Group The Chairman’s Friends The Clark Family The Clifford Taylor Young Artist Series Elizabeth Jacobs Kamala Chelliah-Boardman The Lockwood Family Mary Mackenzie, Richard Walton and Friends

Penny McCracken and John Mumford Sir Michael and Lady McWilliam The Pasetchnik Family Diana Woolley In memory of Dominic Cain In memory of John Harvey Hooper We would also like to thank our individual supporters who have chosen to remain anonymous.

WELCOME The 2019 Music Festival marks its 75th anniversary, and we celebrate with major World Premieres from composers including Anna Clyne, Charlotte Bray, Jonathan Dove, Betsy Jolas, Thea Musgrave and Dame Judith Weir. We’re thrilled to bring some world-leading ensembles to Cheltenham: the London Symphony Orchestra make a long awaited return. ORA Singers and the Manchester Camerata make their Festival debuts and we welcome back some much-loved regulars, such as the CBSO, the Academy of Ancient Music and the Nash Ensemble. Dazzling instrumentalists include Nicola Benedetti, Gabriela Montero and Wynton Marsalis to name a few. Singers Lucy Crowe, Dame Sarah Connolly, Elin Manahan Thomas and Danielle de Niese perform in a variety of contexts. Other new ensembles and dance, jazz and drama stars are also in abundance. The new Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective are Ensemble-in-Residence, and we are also delighted to welcome an inspiring group of young Ugandan musicians from Brass for Africa. The opening weekend includes the new Free Stage: completely free performances signalling the start of the Festival to the wider world. The inaugural Composium allows the whole classical music industry to congregate and discuss the place of classical music in today’s culture, whilst nurturing and presenting talented young composers.

Classical Mixtape returns, and we explore the remarkable impact of Nadia Boulanger, as well as celebrating two visionary women’s anniversaries: the 400th birthday of Barbara Strozzi, and the 200th of Clara Schumann, who has inspired Schumann Square – an immersive tour of the Regency drawing rooms of Imperial Square and beyond. Our sister festivals are all represented through the prism of music with jazz, drama and science events. Musicate and Concert for Schools go from strength to strength and our Rush Hour series hosts some outstanding young talent. And on our final day, I’m thrilled that we will be able to experience the much anticipated and extraordinary Community Opera. Come and explore a whole host of unique events only to be heard in Cheltenham this summer, and whether you’re 6 or 96, I hugely look forward to welcoming you to this year’s festivities! Alison Balsom Artistic Director, Cheltenham Music Festival


OPENING WEEKEND in partnership with

Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 1QA Friday 5 July, 5–10pm & Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 July, 10.30am–10pm

Enjoy three days of free concerts, pop-up performances and showcases to celebrate the opening of our 75th anniversary Festival.

Eat, Drink & Relax Skillicorne killicorn Gardens

Free Stage

Whilst enjoying a fabulous feast of music, treat yourself to some delicious bites with a glass in hand.

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The Cotswolds Distillery horsebox bar will be serving their unmistakably Cotswolds, cloudy G&Ts along with a selection of refreshing gin and whisky cocktails. Not to mention the chance to sample a range of their outstanding natural spirits, proudly crafted by this award-winning distillery.

Dunkertons Cider Land Rover Defender will be serving chilled premium organic cider and perry. Hand crafted from bud to bottle, it’s all about the flavour.

The luxurious top deck of The Nyetimber, a reimagined 1968 Routemaster bus, will provide the ideal spot from which to savour a perfectly chilled glass of Nyetimber.

Pop-up Performances & Family Fun The fun goes on all across Imperial Gardens and in town as we surprise you with incredible pop-up performances. Bring your whole family to experience these explosions of colour and music or try out some of our many activities on site, including face painting, instrument making, dancing, singing and more!

Free Music We open the Festival with a rousing performance of the winning fanfare from our public competition*. Getting the anniversary celebrations off to a flying start, we’ve invited excellent up-and-coming talent and well-known artists to perform on our Free Stage. The programme features the best of UK folk, world, indie, jazz, gospel, family entertainment, interactive events, ‘recommended by BBC Music Introducing in the West’ performances, Decca Showcases and much, much more… The full schedule of acts will be available at

Late Nights at No.131 When the music on the Free Stage finishes, the party continues at our new late night venue, No.131… In the heart of Cheltenham, both of No.131’s Georgian Townhouses boast eclectic and contemporary interiors complemented with the best of British produce. You’ll also find no less than 350 gins paired with a delectable cocktail and wine list making No.131 the food and drink destination of Cheltenham and the Cotswolds. To book a bedroom or table, call 01242 822 939

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Spotlight is Cheltenham Festivals’ year-round education and talent development programme. It offers a wide range of opportunities for all ages to engage with music as well as supporting artists throughout their musical career.

MUSIC FOR SCHOOLS Every year Music for Schools engages hundreds of children and young people from schools across Gloucestershire and beyond. Our flagship music education programme Musicate enables primary school teachers and their pupils to work alongside conservatoire students (Musicats) over an academic year to share and develop a deep love of music. One of the outcomes of this programme is a growing network of confident teachers and skilled Musicats.

‘Really fun. Fantastic. I think I should learn to play an instrument.’ Pupil

Musicats will devise and lead bespoke Music Workshops to engage and inspire pupils and teachers in primary schools all over the county. For a different hands-on experience, schools can book a Gamelan Workshop at Gloucestershire Academy of Music. During the Festival, some 600 children will visit Cheltenham Town Hall to enjoy the Concert for Schools – a thrilling hour of fabulous live classical music. Following the concert they will all have the chance to try a variety of orchestral instruments in the Music Explorer Sessions. For details on how to take part in Music for Schools, go to

With thanks to all the supporters of Music for Schools 2019






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We would also like to thank all of our generous individual supporters, including the 70th Festival Appeal Donors.

CREATING OPPORTUNITIES Beyond our extensive education outreach, Spotlight also develops the careers of emerging as well as established musicians by offering concert slots in the Festival programme and giving opportunities to network with industry professionals. New for 2019, Imperial Gardens will play host to a whole feast of music to celebrate the Festival’s 75th anniversary and will give up-and-coming musical talent the chance to play on our Festival Free Stage to a large, diverse audience. Offering a forum for young musicians, our Rush Hour concert series, BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artist scheme, the Gloucestershire Young Musicians showcase and the side-by-side project with Brass for Africa bring young talent from across the world to the Festival stage in intimate settings and on our biggest stages.

‘The Composer Academy allowed me to work more closely with expert instrumentalists than I have ever had the opportunity to before. It was an excellent learning and professional development experience!’ Composer Academy Alumna With thanks to all the supporters of Composium and Composer Academy 2019 Penny McCracken & John Mumford The John S Cohen Foundation The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation

This year, eight of the most outstanding early-career composers will be selected and invited to Cheltenham to have their compositions work-shopped, performed and recorded as part of our Composer Academy, supported through PRS Foundation’s Talent Development Partner programme. As a brand new addition to the classical music industry calendar, Composium brings some of the most influential people in the profession to Cheltenham to discuss the significance of music as an art form in the 21st century. To encourage a cross-generational discussion and include audiences from all stages of their music career, the Festival is offering discounted tickets to music students. 7

FRIDAY 5 – SUNDAY 7 JULY 5 July, 9–10am 6 July, 9–10am 7 July, 9–10am

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Intermission – Yoga And Musicians Skillicorne Gardens £8 * Tickets are limited to 20 participants. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Elena Urioste Melissa White

A rare opportunity to work closely with two internationally esteemed violinists and yoga experts on connecting music-making to body, mind and spirit through yoga and meditation. With their new Intermission retreats already a runaway success across the U.S., Elena Urioste and Melissa White teach the weekend morning yoga classes and share their insights into great yoga practice for musicians and music lovers alike.

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Nash Ensemble Pittville Pump Room £28 £23 £16 * Nash Ensemble Haydn String Quartet in Bb Op. 76 No 4 ‘The Sunrise’ Judith Weir New work for flute and string trio (World Premiere) Oliver Knussen Masks Op. 3 for solo flute Dvořák Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Op. 81 The Nash Ensemble make a hugely welcome return for the opening concert of the 2019 Festival, presenting a programme of joyful contrasts. The exquisite Sunrise, from Haydn’s last set of quartets, paves the way for the World Premiere of a work for flute and string trio by Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir. This marks the first of more than 20 major premieres at this year’s Festival. Oliver Knussen’s long and fruitful relationship with the Festival is remembered with his beguiling solo flute work, and the concert concludes with the second quintet of Anton Dvořák, widely considered a masterpiece of the form. Kindly supported by the Cheltenham Music Festival Society in memory of Graham Lockwood

‘The playing...was incisive, transparent and beautifully shaped. Chamber music doesn’t come any better’ Independent on Sunday 8

FRIDAY 5 JULY 3–4.15pm


Sounding North All Saints Church Pittville £15 * The Carice Singers George Parris director Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson Heyr, himna smiður (Hear, smith of the heavens) Edvard Grieg Hvad est du dog skjøn Wilhelm Stenhammer September Jean Sibelius Rakastava (The Lover) Kaija Saariaho Nuits Adieux (Nights Farewell) David Wikander Förvårskväll (Spring evening) Matthew Whittall Lauantaisauna (Saturday Sauna) Per Nørgård Maya Danser (Maya’s Dance) Norwegian folksong (arr. Ørjan Matre) Halleluja, vår strid er endt (Halleluja, our struggle ends) Karin Rehnqvist I Himmelen (In heaven’s hall) The unusual sound-world of Nordic choral music from the end of the 19th century to the present day is recreated by British vocal ensemble The Carice Singers for their programme Sounding North. This atmospheric programme combines music, languages and other surprising sounds, from Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.



Pre-concert Talk:

Sounding North All Saints Church Pittville Free ticket required Director of The Carice Singers, George Parris, offers an insightful discussion about their programme Sounding North, music from the Nordic region, and the idea of ‘Northernness’ in the choral repertoire.

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FRIDAY 5 JULY 5.30–6.15pm


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Festival Evensong

London Symphony Orchestra

Cheltenham College Chapel Free no ticket required

Town Hall, Main Stage £60 £52 £38 or £20 (restricted view) £16 (restricted/no view) *

Cheltenham College Chapel Choir David McKee director Introit: Hannah Kendall Their Kingdom, the Air Responses: Rose Canticles: Howells St. Paul’s Service Anthem: Roxanna Panufnik Deus Meus (from the Westminster Mass)

As this concert will be broadcast live on Classic FM, please be seated by 6.45pm

London Symphony Orchestra Elim Chan conductor Emmanuel Tjeknavorian violin Dani Howard New work (World Premiere) Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Op. 35 Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade Op. 35 Presenting a programme created solely for Cheltenham’s 75th anniversary, the peerless London Symphony Orchestra give a performance that includes two giants of the Russian repertoire. A roof-raising new work commissioned by Classic FM, from composer Dani Howard, launches this spectacular opening night concert. Superstar conductor Elim Chan makes her Festival debut, alongside one of today’s most remarkable young violinists, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian. Kindly supported by The Pasetchnik Family and


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SATURDAY 6 JULY 11am–1pm


Spanish Rhapsody Town Hall, Main Stage £28 £23 £16 * Xuefei Yang Guitar Maria Vega Flamenco dancer Albeniz Espana, Op. 165 (Arr. Xuefei Yang) Malats Serenata Española Albeniz Suite Española Op. 47 (Arr. Xuefei Yang) Paco De Lucia Reflejo De Luna Nino Ricardo Gitaneria Arabesa Granados Spanish Dance No.4 Granados La Maja De Goya Granados Zapateado Debussy The Girl With The Flaxen Hair De Falla Homenaje Pour Le Tombeau De Debussy De Falla Miller’s Dance Rodrigo Invocacion Y Danza Tarrega Gran Jota

The first Chinese guitarist to achieve international recognition following the Cultural Revolution, Xuefei Yang is also revered as one of the greatest musicians of her generation. She presents a captivating recital of Spanish flavoured guitar works, accompanied by one of the UK’s leading flamenco dancers, Maria Vega.



Schumann Square Imperial Square & Royal Parade £35 * Isata Kanneh-Mason piano Xuefei Yang guitar Tom Poster piano Elena Urioste violin Camille Thomas cello Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the composer Clara Schumann, the elegant drawing rooms in and around Imperial Square provide an intimate setting for an immersive chamber music adventure. Experience some of the UK’s finest classical artists in four Cheltenham Regency Townhouses as they present a series of recitals inspired by the consummate artistry of Clara Schumann. Round off this delightful tour with a complimentary glass of English sparkling wine at The Nyetimber Bus in Imperial Gardens. Please note that due to the nature of the event, there is no step free access and walking is required between venues.


SATURDAY 6 JULY 6–6.30pm


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CBSO & Thea Musgrave Alison Balsom In Conversation Town Hall, Main Stage Pre-concert Talk:

Town Hall, Pillar Room Free ticket required Join Scottish composer Thea Musgrave in conversation before the World Premiere of her new Trumpet Concerto, written in celebration of her 90th birthday year. A rare opportunity to hear Musgrave discussing her distinguished and varied career, including her four years under the tutelage of the renowned Nadia Boulanger (a Festival featured composer).

£50 £46 £38 or £18 (restricted view) or £14 (restricted/no view) * City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conductor Alison Balsom trumpet Ruth Gipps Symphony No. 2 Thea Musgrave Trumpet Concerto (World Premiere) Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis William Walton Troilus and Cressida Suite After another barnstorming success in 2017, audiences will be thrilled to see the return of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the beloved City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for the second symphonic concert of the weekend. This bespoke all-British programme is based around a World Premiere from the first female composer to be commissioned by the Festival in 1956, Thea Musgrave. Her Trumpet Concerto has been co-commissioned for our Festival by the CBSO in celebration of their centenary, and the LA Philharmonic for Festival Artistic Director Alison Balsom. Kindly supported by Diana Woolley


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SATURDAY 6 JULY 9.30–10.30pm


Stravinsky’s Rite Of Spring For Two Pianos Town Hall, Pillar Room £15 * Ashok Gupta piano Jâms Coleman piano Claude Debussy Prèlude à L’Après Midi d’un Faune Alex Mills New work (World Premiere) Igor Stravinsky Rite of Spring This performance sees two great 20th century works stripped down and presented in their purest form on two pianos. They are separated by an exciting new work by one of the alumni of Cheltenham Festivals’ Composer Academy. Debussy’s work was originally conceived as a symphonic poem for orchestra, and later provided the basis for Njinsky’s iconic choreography as a ballet. Stravinsky’s uncompromising masterpiece The Rite of Spring remains essential listening over 100 years after it was first created, and still has the power to shock and astonish. Kindly supported by Kamala Chelliah-Boardman


SUNDAY 7 JULY 11am–1pm

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BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists I Pittville Pump Room £24 £18 *

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Anastasia Kobekina cello Lilit Grigoryan pianist Quatuor Arod Elisabeth Brauss piano Tchaikovsky Pezzo Capriccioso Konstantia Gourzi New work (World Premiere) Sergei Prokofiev Cello Sonata in C, Op. 119 Johannes Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor


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Celebrating the 20th anniversary of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme, which brings the world’s most promising new talent to audiences across the UK, this is the first recital in a series of three at Pittville Pump Room. The programme includes a World Premiere by Greek composer Konstantia Gourzi, and concludes with Brahms’s dark and brooding Piano Quintet in F minor.

SUNDAY 7 JULY 1.15–1.45pm


Pre-concert Talk:

How Shostakovich Changes Minds Town Hall, Drawing Room £6 * BBC music broadcaster Stephen Johnson explores the power of Shostakovich’s music during Stalin’s reign of terror, examining the frenetic composition of his Eighth String Quartet. Johnson examines this alongside his own experience of the healing power of Shostakovich’s music during his struggles with depression.



Absolute Music: Shostakovich Town Hall, Main Stage £35 £30 £25 or £15 (restricted/no view) * Simon Russell Beale actor Adam Godley actor Ben Miles actor The Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective quartet Shostakovich String Quartet No 8 in C minor, Op. 110 An extraordinary collage of music, poetry and dramatic readings, performed by the cast of the National Theatre’s The Lehman Trilogy, Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles with Ensemble-in-Residence The Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective. Using extracts from Julian Barnes’ novel The Noise of Time, the artists explore the true story of Shostakovich’s deeply personal Eighth String Quartet, famously composed in only three days.


SUNDAY 7 JULY 4–5.15pm

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Film Screening Nadia Boulanger – Mademoiselle The Wilson £8 * A rare chance to see Bruno Monsaignon’s reel to reel film Nadia Boulanger – Mademoiselle, his first documentary, filmed throughout the 1960s and 70s. The film remains one of the most important portraits of Boulanger, who taught many of the 20th century’s greatest musical figures, including Aaron Copland, Elliott Carter, Joseph Horowitz, Thea Musgrave, Astor Piazzolla, Philip Glass, Leonard Bernstein and Quincy Jones.



Midsummer Dance And Music Town Hall, Main Stage £38 £32 £26 or £15 (restricted/no view) * AJ Pritchard dancer Mischa Mullov-Abbado bass Camille Thomas cello Traditional Song of the Birds arr. Pablo Casals Misha Mullov-Abbado Shanti Bell Circle Song Blue Deer Stillness The Infamous Grouse J.S. Bach Music from Cello Suite No 1 in G Misha Mullov-Abbado Some Things Are Just So Simple Little Vision Little Astronaut Real Eyes Realise Real Lies Hair Of The Bop Celebrating the possibilities of collaboration between dancers and musicians, this unique event features BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing star AJ Pritchard and his dance partner. The extraordinary young jazz bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado and his band provide an eclectic programme of original music composed and arranged for this evening, and the award winning cellist Camille Thomas performs solos including Casal’s beguiling interpretation of the traditional Catalan folksong Song of the Birds.


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MONDAY 8 JULY 11am–1pm


BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists II Pittville Pump Room £24 £18 *

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Aleksey Semenenko violin Lilit Grigoryan piano Elisabeth Brauss piano Anastasia Kobekina cello Grieg Violin Sonata No 2 in G, Op. 13 Ysaÿe Sonata in E, Op. 27 No 6 Wagner Albumblatt Szymanowski La fontaine d’Arethuse (Myths, Op. 30) Ravel Tzigane Mozart Piano Sonata in A minor, K310 Mendelssohn Piano Trio No 2 in C minor, Op. 66 The second in our BBC New Generation Artist series brings another brilliant and varied programme to the stage. In the first half of the concert, Ukrainian violinist Aleksey Semenenko joins forces with pianist Lilit Grigoryan with a stunning recital of Grieg’s Norwegian folk-song inspired second Violin Sonata, once described as ‘the gift to the world of a man who has also shivered in the cold mists of night.’ The concert draws to a close with Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No 2. Written just two years before the composer’s death during a particularly busy period of composition, it is one of his last and most important chamber works, brilliantly realised by Semenenko and by rising-stars Elisabeth Brauss and Anastasia Kobekina. Kindly supported by The Aquarius Group 17


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Rush Hour I St. Gregory’s Church £12 *


Young Artist Series

Christian Li violin Gordon Back piano Vitali Chaconne Dvořák Sonatina Saint-Saëns Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso Zili Li Harvest Song of the Fisherman Antonio Bazzini Ronde de Lutins In 2018, at only 10 years old, Christian Li made history as the youngest ever recipient of the Junior Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition First Prize. An astonishingly talented and musical performer, Christian opens the ever popular and inspiring Rush Hour series. In memory of Dominic Cain


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MONDAY 8 JULY 8–10pm


Classical Mixtape Tewkesbury Abbey Pay what you can from just £3. There is no booking fee for this concert. Two 40-minute sets performed by Music Festival guest artists Experience some of the most iconic moments of classical music, both the celebrated and rarely heard, performed by some of the UK’s finest classical artists, in every corner of the stunning Tewkesbury Abbey. Have a glass of wine, grab a cushion, and stand, sit or lie down to soak up the magical atmosphere in the soaring medieval surroundings. An event for all the family, this year’s Mixtape includes UK and World Premieres from Einojuhani Rautavaara and Betsy Jolas, alongside Handel, Chopin, Bach and Mozart.


TUESDAY 9 JULY 11am–1pm

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Castalian String Quartet Pittville Pump Room £28 £23 £16 * Castalian String Quartet Haydn Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No 2 ‘Fifths’ Fanny Mendelssohn String Quartet in E flat Grace Evangeline-Mason New work (World Premiere) Beethoven String Quartet No 8 in E minor, Op.59 No 2 ‘Razumovsky’ Beethoven’s immense and startlingly original Razumovsky quartet is contrasted with the sunny disposition of Fanny Mendelssohn’s, and the creative ambition of Haydn’s. Royal Philharmonic Society award winner Grace Evangeline-Mason completes the quartet of composers, making for a compelling recital from the Castalian String Quartet. Having scooped up several major awards, this exciting ensemble is already in great demand all over the world. Kindly supported by Elizabeth Jacobs

‘A powerful individuality of sound matched by an instinctive singularity of musical intention...amazing players.’ The Scotsman 20

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Rush Hour II St. Gregory’s Church £12 *


Young Artist Series

Jeneba Kanneh-Mason piano Haydn Sonata in Eb No 59 Chopin Ballade No 1 Woolrich New work (World Premiere) Granados La Maja y el Ruiseñor Prokofiev Sonata No 7 Sixteen year old Jeneba Kanneh-Mason is a rising star not to be missed in our second Rush Hour concert. Jeneba excelled in the keyboard final of BBC Young Musician 2018, impressing both the live and television audience of millions with her performances of Scarlatti, Rachmaninov and Bartók. This hour long recital will showcase her mastery of a wide ranging repertoire. John Woolrich writes a new work for Kanneh-Mason for this concert to celebrate the Festival’s 75th birthday. In memory of Dominic Cain


TUESDAY 9 JULY 7.30–9.30pm

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Musica Clandestina Pittville Pump Room £24 £18 £12 * Elin Manahan Thomas soprano Alastair Ross harpsichord Barbara Strozzi Che si puo fare Amor dormiglione Chiamata a nuovi amori Lagrime mie L’Eraclito amoroso Il Romeo La Vendetta Claudio Monteverdi Lettera amorosa Lamento d’Arianna Si dolce e’il tormento Ohime ch’io cado Giacomo Carissimi Apritevi inferni Il Lamento di Maria Stuarda To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of the extraordinary musician Barbara Strozzi, internationally renowned soprano Elin Manahan Thomas joins forces with acclaimed harpsichordist Alastair Ross for this captivating musical exploration of Strozzi’s life and work, along with those of two of Strozzi’s contemporaries, Claudio Monteverdi and Giacomo Carissimi. Manahan Thomas is internationally recognised for her ravishing tone and her mastery of the full range of music across the classical canon. She is perhaps best known for singing at the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony and the bridal entrance of the Duchess of Sussex. Kindly supported by Diana Woolley 22

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WEDNESDAY 10 JULY 10am–6.30pm


Composium Pittville Pump Room £55 for members of the public * Food and drink will be available to purchase at the venue **

Composium is set to become an essential event in the calendar for the classical music industry, attracting the most influential people in the profession to Cheltenham Music Festival – a place that is historically synonymous with worldleading composition. The inaugural Composium is a packed day of events for anyone who loves music and is excited by the idea of it being a creative art form in the 21st century. It includes talks, world class performances, premieres, panel sessions and opportunities to meet and engage with industry leaders. Eminent keynote speaker Thea Musgrave CBE and a distinguished panel will discuss what it is to be immersed in classical music today and its relevance. Our eight talented Composer Academy participants bring their brand-new work to the stage for the first time, following intensive workshops with composer John Woolrich and Ensemble-in-Residence The Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective. World premieres will be presented from the Wild Plum Arts Songbook project by Zoe Martlew, Emma-Ruth Richards and a new composition, workshopped and produced in association with PRS for Music and Wild Plum Arts. Kindly supported by Penny McCracken & John Mumford, The John S Cohen Foundation and The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation In partnership with PRS for Music and Wild Plum Arts

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WEDNESDAY 10 JULY 11.30am–12.45pm


Gabriela Montero: Innocence And Experience


Town Hall, Main Stage £18 *

St. Gregory’s Church £12 *

Gabriela Montero piano

Mark Taylor flute Nathan Tinker piano

Schumann Kinderszenen Op. 15 Chick Corea Children’s Songs Gabriela Montero My Venezuelan childhood portraits (World Premiere) Shostakovich Piano Sonata No 2 in B minor Op. 61 Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique compositional gifts have garnered her critical acclaim and a devoted following on the world stage. This programme reflects the two opposites of naive and child-like ‘innocence’, and the darker, potentially more dangerous landscape she describes as ‘experience’ through her own music as well as the eyes of composers Schumann, Chick Corea and Shostakovich. In memory of John Harvey Hooper

‘Montero’s playing had everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power… soulful lyricism…unsentimental expressivity.’ Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times 24

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Young Artist Series

Programme to include works by Debussy, Widor and Frank Martin Scottish-born flautist, recent graduate of the renowned Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne and current member of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust’s Young Artist scheme, Mark Taylor brings a French flavoured programme to the final of our three Rush Hour recitals. Taylor’s performances are noted for their intensity and sensitivity, perfectly suited to the impressionistic and Romantic repertoire he plays here. In memory of Dominic Cain

WEDNESDAY 10 JULY 7.30–9.30pm


Danielle De Niese In Recital Town Hall, Main Stage £40 £34 £26 or £18 (restricted view) £12 (restricted/no view) * Danielle de Niese soprano Gounod The Jewel Song (Faust) Handel Lascia ch’io pianga Bizet Chanson d’Avril; Adieu de l’hotesse arabe Mozart Ah Fuggi il Traditor; Mi tradí (Don Giovanni) Puccini O Mio Babbino Caro Gershwin Summertime; Let’s Call the Whole thing off Whiting Too marvelous for words Porter I get a kick out of you; I hate men Gershwin I got rhythm Herbert Art is calling for me Lehar Meine Lippen Sie Kussen so Heiss Lara Granada Beloved the world over for her incredible range, flawless technique and glorious quality of tone, aweinspiring operatic soprano Danielle de Niese takes us on an enchanting and astonishingly wide ranging musical journey. She explores a range of singing styles from the light arias of the Baroque period, right through to her show-stopping and compelling interpretations of well known songs from her fellow countrymen George Gershwin and Cole Porter in this must-see recital.



Music Of Rome Cheltenham College Chapel £18 * ORA Singers Suzi Digby director Gregorio Allegri Miserere Cheryl Frances Hoad Gaude Et Laetare Marco Antonio Ingegneri O Bone Jesu Giovanni da Palestrina Improperium Edmund Finnis Reflection on Improperium by Palestrina Felice Anerio Stabat Mater a 12 James MacMillan Data est mihi omnis potestas Anerio Christus Factus Est Freya Waley-Cohen Reflection on Christus Factus Est (World Premiere) Constanzo Porta Pater Noster Julia Adolphe Pater Noster James MacMIllan Miserere Winning the title Best Ensemble of the Year 2018 at the prestigious Opus Klassik awards, the exquisite a cappella vocal group ORA Singers make their hotlyanticipated Festival debut, and present a programme inspired by Rome’s rich catalogue of Renaissance composers. The programme is book-ended by two choral classics, Allegri’s iconic Miserere, and the modern masterpiece that is MacMillan’s setting of the same text. Renaissance works sit side-by-side with stunning reflections and text settings, including a World Premiere from rising star composer Freya Waley-Cohen. 25

THURSDAY 11 JULY 11am–12pm

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Elizabeth, Our Queen Pittville Pump Room £15 * ORA Singers Suzi Digby director Ellis Gibbons Long live fair Oriana Richard Allain If Music Be The Food of Love John Munday Lightly she whipped o’er the dales Bob Chilcott Marriage to my lady poverty Michael East Hence stars! Too dim of light John Rutter My True Love Hath My Heart Thomas Weelkes As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending Libby Larson Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day Cecilia McDowall Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises John Bennet All creatures now are merry minded Judith Weir The Song Sung True: III Orpheus Edward Johnson Come, blessed Byrd Jonathan Dove Sweet are the adversities William Byrd O Lord, Make Thy Servant Elizabeth Be transported back in time to the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in this stunning programme which celebrates her reign. Enjoy a selection of enchanting madrigals performed all around the Pump Room, which are sung alongside works by more modern composers who have set Shakespeare and other Elizabethan texts to song. Kindly supported by the The Chairman’s Friends 26

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BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists III Pittville Pump Room £24 £18 *

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Alessandro Fisher tenor Thibaut Garcia guitar Quatuor Arod John Dowland A shepherd in a shade his plaining made; Come heavy sleepe Mauro Giuliani 6 Cavatine, Op. 39 Lorca Canciones españolas antiguas (selection – Anda, jaleo; Las Morillas de Jaén; Sevillanas del siglio XV11; El Cafe de Chinitas; La tarara) Rodrigo Adela; Two songs from Tres Villancicos (Pastorico Santo; Coplillas de Belen) Boccherini Quintet No 5 in D G449 for guitar and strings Bartók String Quartet No 4 Winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Prize, British tenor Alessandro Fisher opens our final BBC New Generation Artist recital, with a sublime programme of song with guitar played by the lauded young Franco-Spanish guitarist Thibaut Garcia. The Renaissance melancholy of Dowland is perfectly pitched against this virtuosic and flamboyant Spanish repertoire. The multi-award winning Quatuor Arod join Garcia for this rare collaboration in the elegant Quintet No 5, which Boccherini composed for guitar and strings, and concludes with a complete contrast of sound worlds with Bartók’s dramatic fourth String Quartet. Kindly supported by The William A Cadbury Trust 27


Music We Love With Viktoria Mullova & Misha Mullov-Abbado 4–6pm M31 The Daffodil £25 * Ticket includes afternoon tea and champagne cocktail on arrival. Some tables may be shared. Bar open from 3pm, tea served at 4pm, performance 4.45-6pm

8–10.30pm M32 The Daffodil £60 * Ticket includes a three-course set menu and champagne cocktail on arrival. Some tables may be shared. Bar open from 7pm, dinner served at 8pm, performance 9.15-10.30pm

Viktoria Mullova violin Misha Mullov-Abbado double bass One of the world’s greatest violin virtuosos, Viktoria Mullova, joins forces with her son, jazz bassist, composer and former BBC New Generation Artist Misha Mullov-Abbado, for an eclectic and brilliant boundary-crossing programme. With this brand new collaboration the duo take a journey through the songs they love to sing and play, from Brazil to Estonia, from Bach and Vivaldi to John McLaughlin.


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Manchester Camerata & Jess Gillam Tewkesbury Abbey £35 £28 £22 or £15 (restricted view) £10 (restricted view, unreserved) * Manchester Camerata Jess Gillam saxophone Programme to include: Anna Clyne New work for saxophone and electronics (World Premiere) Gavin Bryars New work for saxophone and strings (World Premiere) Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten Rameau Castor et Pollux, Acte I, Scène III: Prélude – Air accompagné “Tristes apprêts” arr. saxophone and trumpet Albinoni Concerto arr. saxophone and strings Purcell Fantasia

‘She may only be 20 years old, but saxophonist Jess Gillam was the undisputable highlight of the Last Night of the Proms.’ BBC News ‘Probably Britain’s most adventurous Orchestra’ The Times

With her impassioned performances and charismatic personality, saxophonist Jess Gillam took the Festival by storm in 2017 and has since gone on to conquer the concert stage with no fewer than four BBC Proms appearances in the space of two years. She returns to Cheltenham for a spectacular programme that includes a World Premiere performance by Anna Clyne, alongside the pioneering Manchester Camerata who, in partnership with Jess, will exploit the magnificent acoustics of Tewkesbury Abbey to the full. The evening winds its way back through time from the brand new work to the genius writing of Henry Purcell. Kindly supported by The Clark Family 29

FRIDAY 12 JULY 11am–1pm

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Angela Hewitt Pittville Pump Room £28 £23 £16 * Angela Hewitt piano Bach Toccatas Angela Hewitt is well established as one of the greatest living interpreters of J. S. Bach’s keyboard music. Bach’s seven toccatas are youthful, joyous and virtuosic, heavily influenced by the composer’s trip in 1705 to hear the great organist Buxtehude, a master of the dramatic and free method of composition stylus fantasticus. Hewitt’s remarkable performances of this repertoire have consistently garnered superlative responses and will equally inspire audiences at the Pump Room – Cheltenham’s iconic chamber music venue. Kindly supported by The Lockwood Family


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FRIDAY 12 JULY 4–5.30pm


Female Portraits Pittville Pump Room £24 £18 £12 * Lucy Crowe soprano Anna Tilbrook piano Jonathan Dove Fanfare (World Premiere) Henry Purcell Bess of Bedlam Z370 Franz Schubert An Silvia D891 Gretchen am Spinnrade D118 Marie D658 Suleika I D720 Felix Mendelssohn Ach, um deine feuchten Schwingen Op. 34 No 4 Robert Schumann Lieder und Gesänge aus Wilhelm Meister Op. 98a; No. 1 Kennst du das Land? Myrthen Op. 25; Lied der Suleika Hugo Wolf Goethe Lieder; Philine Richard Strauss Drei Lieder der Ophelia Op. 67 Cäcilie Op. 27 No 2 Reynaldo Hahn A Chloris Gabriel Fauré Lydia Op. 4 No 2 Sylvie Op. 6 No 3 Nell Op. 18 No 1 Claude Debussy Jane Henri Duparc Phidylé Émile Paladilhe Psyché William Walton Daphne Beatriz’s Song Benjamin Britten Sweet Polly Oliver Hoagy Carmichael Georgia on my Mind Cole Porter Miss Otis Regrets

Betrayed women, eroticism and chastity are among the subjects of internationally renowned soprano Lucy Crowe’s selection of songs for this dramatic and original concert, with celebrated pianist Anna Tilbrook. Lucy Crowe is in demand all over the world in both operatic roles and in concert, recently appearing at the Royal Opera House, the Metropolitan Opera and with the London Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras. The programme opens with the World Premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Fanfare written especially for this recital and the Festival’s 75th anniversary. Then sublime settings of poetry by Goethe, Novalis and Shakespeare accompanied by music including Schubert’s exquisite Marie and Wolf’s seductive Philine. Kindly supported by an anonymous donor


FRIDAY 12 JULY 7–9pm

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Academy Of Ancient Music, Benedetti & Egarr Town Hall, Main Stage £45 £38 £26 or £18 (restricted view) £12 (restricted/no view) * Academy of Ancient Music Nicola Benedetti violin Richard Egarr harpsichord / director Vivaldi Concerto in Eb RV257 Handel Sonata in D minor HWV359a [Mystery Music – audience vote] Handel Concerto Grosso Op.6 No 4 HWV322 Vivaldi Concerto in D minor RV128 Vivaldi Concerto in B minor RV386 Vivaldi Harpsichord Concerto in A RV780 Handel Sonata in D HWV371 Vivaldi Concerto in D ‘Grosso Mogul’ RV208 Internationally acclaimed violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti is a much-loved favourite at the Festival, and here curates a thrilling new programme of sizzling Vivaldi and Telemann. In her second collaboration with Richard Egarr and the brilliant Academy of Ancient Music, she combines her ferocious technique and her astonishing natural ability with an innate understanding of music of the Baroque era. This concert promises to be one of the Festival’s highlights. Supported by the Cheltenham Music Festival Society with a legacy from Roger Jones


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FRIDAY 12 JULY 9.30–10.30pm


Organ By Candlelight Cheltenham College Chapel £8 * Anna Lapwood organ Patrick Gowers Occasional Trumpet Voluntary Philip Glass Glassworks (Opening) Jean Francaix Suite Carmelite Astor Piazzolla Oblivion (arr. Lapwood) Olivier Messiaen Vocalise (arr. Lapwood) Astor Piazzola Milanga del Angel (arr. Lapwood) Olivier Messiaen Communion from Messe de la Pentecote Patrick Gowers Toccata and Fugue Astor Piazzola Libertango Director of Music at Pembroke College Cambridge, Anna Lapwood is also in demand worldwide as a harpist, conductor and broadcaster, but it is in her capacity as concert organist that she brings this insightful and varied programme to the glorious Cheltenham College Chapel. In this candle-lit recital, she focuses on a handful of Nadia Boulanger’s more widely recognised pupils, including a five-decades-old Cheltenham Music Festival premiere by Patrick Gowers; doffing a hat to one of the many in our 75-year history.




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Dobrinka Tabakova New work (World Premiere) Dobrinka Tabakova On a Bench in the Shade Ravel String Quartet in F Beethoven String Quartet No 13 in B flat, Op. 130

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Winners of the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award and currently being showcased by the Emerging Talent Scheme at Wigmore Hall, the Heath Quartet are one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles around today. This recital demonstrates their unusual versatility; equally at home presenting this momentous late Beethoven quartet, as they are with the original and captivating Tabakova works, both created for Cheltenham Music Festival fifteen years apart. This is the quartet’s debut appearance at the Festival.



Gloucestershire Young Musicians St. Gregory’s Church £6 *


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The 2018 winner of the Keith Nutland Award, violinist Louis Morford, is joined for a double recital by the winner of the 2019 Gloucestershire Young Musician Competition, in a showcase of outstanding young local performers.



Live Human Experiments: The Musical Brain Of Guy Barker Trinity Church £15 * Guy Barker trumpet Vincent Walsh speaker What goes on in the brain of a musician as they improvise? In a fascinating blend of science and music, Vincent Walsh, Professor of Human Brain Research at University College London, seeks to answer this question by taking us inside the mind of jazz supremo Guy Barker for an event that is both a conversation with two leaders in their fields as well as a live musical and neurological experiment. 35



Wynton Marsalis In Concert Town Hall, Main Stage £50 £44 £38 or £24 (restricted view) £18 (restricted/no view) * Wynton Marsalis trumpet and friends Widely regarded as one of the most important and accomplished artists of our time, jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis makes a rare UK appearance with his quartet. The concert begins with a side-by-side project that sees local young brass players join forces with young ambassadors invited to Cheltenham to represent Brass for Africa. The 10 Ugandan musicians complete their Festival residency at what promises to be a truly memorable evening. Kindly supported by The Steel Charitable Trust In memory of Jim Hawkins Brass for Africa are kindly supported by BPL Global


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At The Music Festival The 2019 Cheltenham Music Festival’s ‘side-by-side’ cross cultural performance and education programme sees ten young Ugandan brass players, teachers and mentors from the charity Brass for Africa in action across the Festival. See these talented musicians perform, hear their stories and learn how music is creating brighter futures for many children and young people in Africa. 6–7 July Imperial Gardens Free Stage performance with jazz musicians from Gloucestershire and pop-up performances in Cheltenham town centre 8–10 July Workshops in schools across Gloucestershire 12 July Concert for Schools & Music Explorers 13 July Wynton Marsalis & Friends 37

SUNDAY 14 JULY 11am–1pm

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Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective Pittville Pump Room £28 £23 £16 * Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective: Tom Poster piano Elena Urioste violin Melissa White violins Rosalind Ventris viola Laura van der Heijden cello Maria Szymanowska Nocturne in B flat for piano Lili Boulanger Two Pieces for violin and piano Fanny Mendelssohn Piano Trio Germaine Tailleferre String Quartet Amy Beach Piano Quintet Cheltenham Music Festival’s 2019 Ensemble-inResidence, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective is the newly formed ‘super-group’ of classical soloists, created by international concert pianist, composer and chamber musician Tom Poster. A flexible ensemble performing a varied chamber repertoire, in this instance they curate a terrific programme that builds from solo work, to duo, trio, quartet, and concluding with Amy Beach’s tour de force Piano Quintet. Kindly supported by The Steel Charitable Trust In memory of Jim Hawkins


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SUNDAY 14 JULY 2–3pm 5–6pm

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Across The Sky: A Community Opera Town Hall, Main Stage Free ticket required. There is no booking fee for this concert. Free transport tickets from Coronation Square available, please check for details.

Soloists tba Inspire Ensemble Local Vocals Pupils from Hesters Way and St Thomas More Primary Schools and students from All Saints’ Academy Glyn Oxley conductor Michael Betteridge composer Miranda Walker librettist Bryn Holding director Across The Sky is the much-anticipated finale to our 75th anniversary Festival, brought to you by the residents of West Cheltenham. Sung in English and set in the present day, it tells the touching story of a family in turmoil relocating to the area. Can 8-year old Zosia’s positive nature help the rest of the family settle and start afresh? Can mum Natasza and teenager Aleks find a way to forgive each other? And will Grandad Yusef finally accept the help he needs? This community opera is the culmination of a project Cheltenham Festivals has run in West Cheltenham over the past four years. Local people of all ages have created this piece with librettist Miranda Walker and composer Michael Betteridge. They take centre stage alongside professional musicians including Dame Sarah Connolly, one of the UK’s foremost opera singers. © 2019 Tim Hopgood


SUNDAY 14 JULY 8–9pm


Music And The Moving Image Town Hall, Main Stage £25 * Sam Mendes in conversation with Clemency Burton-Hill To bring the 2019 Festival to a close, Oscar-winning film and stage director Sam Mendes talks to broadcaster, author and WQXR’s Creative Director Clemency Burton-Hill. They explore the central role that music has played in his work on screen and stage, and the mysterious and complex relationship between music and the moving image. Sam Mendes is best known for films including American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Revolutionary Road and the latest two Bond films Skyfall and Spectre. In the world of theatre Mendes founded and ran the Donmar Warehouse for ten years, and has directed many productions for the RSC, the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway.


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A Voyage To The New World Carducci Quartet And Friends Tithe Barn, Syde Manor £190 Full weekend or £110 Day Ticket plus booking fee. Ticket includes dinner (Saturday), lunch (Sunday) and all drinks.

Carducci Quartet Kathryn Stott piano Julian Bliss clarinet Benedict Nelson baritone Katy Hamilton concert introductions

A Voyage to the New World is a weekend of intimate concerts and talks exploring the works of a broad range of composers who were inspired by their travels from Europe to the New World. In addition to this, we hear music by some of America’s most eminent composers, including Gershwin, Barber and Copland. In a series of performances curated specially for Cheltenham Music Festival, the Carducci Quartet are joined by friends including one of the world’s finest clarinettists Julian Bliss, known for his versatility across a range of genres, young baritone Benedict Nelson, who has drawn comparisons to Gerald Finley and Simon Keenlyside, and pianist Kathryn Stott, a favourite Festival artist. BBC Radio 3 broadcaster and presenter Katy Hamilton provides enlightening insight about each programme in a series of short pre-concert talks. Kindly supported by Sir Michael and Lady McWilliam

FROM OUR FRIENDS 16 March–2 June (Tue–Sun)

The Art Of Selling Songs: Music Graphics From The V&A The Wilson Art Gallery & Museum £5/£3 This exhibition shows the dramatic changes in packaging music from the 19th century to early 21st century. Selected from the V&A’s collection of music graphics, the exhibition showcases over 70 objects from iconic bands and graphic artists.

18 May–2 June

Film At The Wilson The Wilson Art Gallery & Museum For an alternative evening check out the Wilson’s Pop up cinema! Their latest film series will explore music within film and documentary, in celebration of their exhibition The Art of Selling Songs. Tickets available from 1 March. Please visit for details.

6 July, 12–9pm

Midsummer Fiesta Montpellier Gardens Free Soak up the summer sun at the Midsummer Fiesta, Cheltenham’s biggest free annual community event. Showcasing local music and dance acts alongside many children’s activities, a fairground, vintage cars, market place, bars and great food across Montpellier Gardens, there’s something for everyone. @midsummerfiesta 42

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Music Festival Manager Camilla King Festival Co-ordinators Tamsyn Hamilton, Becky Woodcock Senior Management Board Helena Bibby (Director of HR & Operations) Adrian Farnell (Director of Finance) Ian George (Director of Festivals) Ali Mawle (Director of Education) Bernadette Murphy (Director of Marketing and Development) CF Productions and Box Office Jo Marsh, Martin Perks, Helene Rose, Bev Tanner Marketing and Development Samantha Bonnes, Holly Dunworth-Miller, Lisa Garrett, Hanna Goldschmidt, Emily Johnson, Bairbre Lloyd, Jessica Lowes, Fiona Magowan, Jenna Marks, Arlene McGlynn, Bernadette Murphy, Sarah Sharma, Sam Skillings, Ellie Topham, Matthew Walsh, Theo Wright, Stacey Yeates Education Farha Bakawala, Philippa Claridge, Sarah Forbes, Elspeth Kenny, Ali Mawle, Rose Wood

Operations and Finance Amy Bates, Helena Bibby, Aline Buckley, Adrian Farnell, Angie Hawkins, Adrian Hensley, Anna Jukes, Kate Merriman, Pete Riley, Suzanne Ross, Natalie Simpson, Joe Trigg, Tarren Productions Festival Advisory Group Paul Edlin, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood CBE, John Gilhooly OBE, Edward Gillespie OBE, Sam Jackson, James Murphy, Tim Redmond, Rosemary Van Allen With many thanks to the staff and volunteers who provide invaluable support and help make the Festival a success. Contact If you have any specific comments about any aspect of the Festival, please email Artwork Credits Main programme illustration © 2019 Origin Family illustration © 2019 Tim Hopgood Photography Credits Visit for a full photo credit list. Printed with vegetable ink by Orchard Press Cheltenham Ltd. This brochure is correct at time of going to press – find programme updates online at

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WHAT’S ON GUIDE FRIDAY 5 JULY 9–10am M02 Intermission – Yoga And Musicians 11am–1pm M05 Nash Ensemble 2.20–2.40pm MT01 Pre-concert Talk: Sounding North 3–4.15pm M06 Sounding North 5.30–6.15pm M07 Festival Evensong 7–9pm M08 London Symphony Orchestra SATURDAY 6 JULY 9–10am M03 Intermission – Yoga And Musicians 11am–1pm M09 Spanish Rhapsody 3–5pm M10 Schumann Square 6–6.30pm MT02 Pre-concert Talk: Thea Musgrave In Conversation 7–9pm M11 CBSO & Alison Balsom 9.30–10.30pm M12 Stravinsky’s Rite Of Spring For Two Pianos SUNDAY 7 JULY 9–10am M04 Intermission – Yoga And Musicians 11am–1pm M13 BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists I 1.15–1.45pm MT03 Pre-concert Talk: How Shostakovich Changes Minds 2–3.30pm M15 Absolute Music: Shostakovich 4–5.15pm M16 Film Screening: Nadia Boulanger – Mademoiselle 8.30–10pm M17 Midsummer Dance And Music MONDAY 8 JULY 11am–1pm M18 BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists II 5.30–6.30pm M19 Rush Hour I 8–10pm M20 Classical Mixtape TUESDAY 9 JULY 11am–1pm M21 Castalian String Quartet 5.30–6.30pm M22 Rush Hour II 7.30–9.30pm M23 Musica Clandestina WEDNESDAY 10 JULY 10am–6.30pm M24 Composium 11.30am–12.45pm M25 Gabriela Montero – Innocence And Experience 5.30–6.30pm M26 Rush Hour III 7.30–9.30pm M27 Danielle De Niese In Recital 8.30–9.45pm M28 Music Of Rome


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Skillicorne Gardens Pittville Pump Room All Saints Church Pittville All Saints Church Pittville Cheltenham College Chapel Town Hall, Main Stage

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Skillicorne Gardens Town Hall, Main Stage Imperial Square Town Hall, Pillar Room Town Hall, Main Stage Town Hall, Pillar Room

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Skillicorne Gardens Pittville Pump Room Town Hall, Drawing Room Town Hall, Main Stage The Wilson Town Hall, Main Stage

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Pittville Pump Room St. Gregory’s Church Tewkesbury Abbey

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Pittville Pump Room St. Gregory’s Church Pittville Pump Room

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Pittville Pump Room Town Hall, Main Stage St. Gregory’s Church Town Hall, Main Stage Cheltenham College Chapel

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WHAT’S ON GUIDE THURSDAY 11 JULY 11am–12pm M29 Elizabeth, Our Queen 3–5pm M30 BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists III 4–6pm M31 Music We Love

Pittville Pump Room Pittville Pump Room The Daffodil

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Music We Love

The Daffodil

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FRIDAY 12 JULY 11am–1pm M34 4–5.30pm M35 7–9pm M36 9.30–10.30pm M37 SATURDAY 13 JULY 11am–1pm M38 3–4pm M39 5–6pm M40 8–10pm M41 SUNDAY 14 JULY 11am–1pm M42 2–3pm M43 5–6pm M44 8–9pm M45

Manchester Camerata And Jess Gillam

Tewkesbury Abbey

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Angela Hewitt Female Portraits Academy Of Ancient Music, Benedetti And Egarr Late Night Organ Recital

Pittville Pump Room Pittville Pump Room Town Hall, Main Stage Cheltenham College Chapel

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Heath Quartet Gloucestershire Young Musicians Live Human Experiments: The Musical Brain Of Guy Barker Wynton Marsalis In Concert

Pittville Pump Room St. Gregory’s Church Trinity Church

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Town Hall, Main Stage

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Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective Across The Sky: A Community Opera Across The Sky: A Community Opera Music And The Moving Image

Pittville Pump Room Town Hall, Main Stage Town Hall, Main Stage Town Hall, Main Stage

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Music Festival Venues All Saints Church, Pittville GL52 2HG Cheltenham College Chapel GL53 7LD The Daffodil GL50 2AE Imperial Square GL50 1QA Pittville Pump Room GL52 3JE Skillicorne Gardens GL50 1QA St. Gregory’s Church GL50 3PR

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